1995 BMW E38 750iL ex-Francis Rossi OBE

Lot: 254

Sold for (£): 7,150
Offered for sale is a 5.4L 1995 BMW E38 5.4 V12 750iL automatic that has been with the current owner for the last 5 years. Coming with an extensive history file, this lot's condition scores an impressive 116 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

E38 BMW 750iL 5.4 v12, ex-Status Quo's Francis Rossi OBE...

  • Indicating just 69,388 miles
  • Acquired new by Mr Rossi of Status Quo on 28.10.1995, (until 2012, 17 years ownership). 2 owners from new 
  • £11,500 spent by our vendor on mechanical and trim restoration and replacements
  • Additionally, an estimated £1,500 has also been spent on further parts
  • Fresh MoT and service prior to auction
  • Described as in 'exceptional condition for its age'

Lot Details

Registration: N607 PYO RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1995 Engine size: 5.4L
Make: BMW Odometer reading (miles): 69388
Model: E38 5.4 V12 750iL MOT expiry: 2019-03-05
Warranted: Yes Chassis number: WBAGK22030DH61454

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 116 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


At 22 years old and with just 69,388 miles indicated the car is in exceptional condition for its age. The boot lid tool kit is complete and the interior first aid kit is original and sealed. The paintwork shows some slight age related marks and swirl marks. And there is a very slight mark on the boot lid. I am reliably informed that this is due to Mr Rossi's wife operating both an electric garage door mechanism and the boot opening fob switch at the same time in order to retrieve golf clubs from the boot of the car. Hence I have never sought to rectify this minor blemish.



Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:


The car is a sumptuous and and the interior is generally excellent. Here, the only outstanding restoration work is that of repairing the driver's heated seat and a small blemish mark on the rear seat. The costly and rare interior quarter blinds are present and working (at a cost of £170 plus vat per side), as is the electric rear blind. Electric seat functions all working with the sole exception of the driver's seat heating. 


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


Significant money has been spent on the restoration and general maintenance of all mechanical components.


Gears: Drive-shaft:


Silky smooth and as above, Significant money has been spent on the restoration and general maintenace of all mechanical components

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


All geometry components replaced or restored as necessary, 5 wheels refurbished and 5 new tyres sourced at the time of taking ownership. Two sets of wheels accompany the car ( A winter set of alloys and a spare 'standing' set). but will have to be collected from me by the winning bidder.


Minor: Major:


Pixelation on the dashboard. Driver's heated seat not working.

Vehicle History


As a long time BMW devotee, especially of the sumptuous 7 series, this powerful and luxurious car was acquired new by Mr Rossi of Status Quo on 28.10.1995 and appears to have been his favourite car of all time. In this interview with the Financial Times in 2008 Mr Rossi references a BMW he has owned for thirteen years, and gives a handy mileage provenance check in doing so. https://www.ft.com/content/62e75c34-b7f2-11dd-ac6d-0000779fd18c

I am a longterm BMW car club member and during my ownership I have spent over £11,500 on mechanical and trim restoration and replacements. All genuine BMW parts and prioritised according to safety and MOT requirements and then onto stock levels held by the BMW group. Additionally, an estimated £1,500 has also been spent on sourcing reclaimed trim parts, tool kit items and such like via various internet auction sites and specialist BMW reclamation companies to ensure a healthy stock of parts for continued restoration.

Some previous history from first owner, full and detailed history file from my ownership. All handbooks for the standard equipment operation and many additional extras are included in the original leather wallet. Which is very full. Two customer information packs for this model are also included as is the history file. Plus 3 sets of keys with fobs from the original supplying sealer, Cronk of Chipstead.

About the Condition Report

A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review its condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history